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Toggle Clamps designed, manufactured and distributed by Sandfield Engineering, one of the UK’s longest serving Toggle Clamp manufacturers.

Sandfield Engineering supply an extensive range of Toggle Clamps, precision designed and manufactured for durability and long service in harsh industrial environments. 

Check out the huge range of Toggle Action Clamps – available in a variety of styles, materials, actions, holding forces and finishes to suit your specific requirements. 

If the Toggle Clamp you need isn’t available from our wide selection we provide a Custom Toggle Clamp Design service to ensure you get exactly the Toggle Clamp you need.

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The range of Toggle Clamps products and services provided by Sandfield Engineering includes:

We work particularly hard to ensure that you have the very best chance of finding the Toggle Clamp you need on this website. Please check out the huge range of clamps we hold in stock either by navigating from this page or using our unique Toggle Clamp selector tool. 

Toggle Clamps are stocked in every variation of style, material, action, dimensions, holding forces, finishes and power options to meet your specific requirements on short delivery times. 

If the Toggle Clamp you need isn’t available from our wide selection we provide a Custom Toggle Clamp Design service to ensure you get exactly the Toggle Clamps you need.

Why would you need a Toggle Clamp?

A Toggle Clamp is designed to hold a workpiece or component securely  on a work surface. Toggle Clamps are typically permanently fixed to the work surface using a mounting, either directly or using a template. Toggle Clamps have a fast-action mechanism, allowing them be to be engaged or released in one quick movement and a linkage system of pivot pins and levers to boost the applied force. Once engaged, the Toggle Clamp is essentially locked.

Toggle Clamps are often specified in repetitive manufacturing or production processes for their speed and ease of use.

It never fails to amaze us the many innovative uses people find for our Toggle Clamps.

Our Toggle Clamps are serving customers in a host of environments and applications including automotive plants, food manufacture, trailers, engine testing and munitions. 

If there is a common theme it is the challenge of finding a solid, whilst flexible, holding position in a manufacturing process or application.

Our Toggle Clamp guarantee

Sandfield Engineering pride ourselves on the durability of our Toggle Clamps. The best example is one of our first projects, providing Toggle Clamps for the Mini Line at the Longbridge plant in the late 1950’s where Sandfield Engineering provided 100’s of clamps for the production lines. When the plant was decommissioned in 2000, after three million cycles, it was found that more than 70% of the original Toggle Clamps provided by Sandfield Engineering were still in operation. 

It is this type of performance that informs our Toggle Clamps guarantee. If you allow us to help specify the right clamp for your application, we guarantee that the clamps will perform their function, for the duration of the project or we will replace or refund any clamp that fails.   

How to select the right Toggle Clamp for your application?

Sandfield Engineering has a range of 700 different Toggle Clamps available in every variation of style, material, action, dimensions, holding force, finish and power options to meet your specific requirements on short delivery times. 

The benefit of this huge range being available for short delivery is that it is highly likely that the Toggle Clamp that solves your holding problem is most likely already available to you. The challenge of holding this huge range is how we make them accessible to you.

We understand that this is the biggest obstacle to sourcing the right Toggle Clamp for your process and we have come up with three solutions.

The first solution is our unique Toggle Clamp Selector. If you know a number of the specific requirements for your Toggle Clamp you can enter those into the selector to narrow down your search. If you know the material required, the height under bar and the type, for example, you require a Stainless Steel lVertical Toggle Clamp with 50mm under bar, a bar length of 40mm which is base mounted, the selector will show only the clamps that match that criteria. You can check it out here, we think you will find it is the best Toggle Clamp Selector currently available.  

The second solution is this site. We have worked particularly hard to ensure that you have the very best chance of finding the Toggle Clamp you need on this website by categorising our Toggle Clamps by type, mounting, finish and application. If you know one of these requirements you can browse all of the Toggle Clamps that we have available that fit that specification.  If for example, you require a Toggle Clamp for a food manufacture application you can look at all of the Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps that we hold. If you require a Vertical Action Toggle Clamp you can browse only our Vertical Action Toggle Clamps. If you need to switch between the various types of clamps you can use our Toggle Clamp mega menu.

The third option is to give our team a call on 0330 223 5344 or email sales@sandfieldengineering.com for immediate advice. No matter how impossible or unique your Toggle Clamp challenge might appear to you now, with more than 50 years experience it is highly likely that our team have experienced something similar before and can quickly steer you in the right direction.

In the unlikely event that the Toggle Clamp you require really isn’t available in stock Sandfield  Engineering provide a Custom Toggle Clamp Design service to ensure you get exactly the Toggle Clamp that you need. You can check that out here.

Speak to Sandfield Engineering about your Toggle Clamp requirement.

If you have any questions or require further information regarding our Toggle Clamps please do not hesitate to call our office our NOW on 0330 223 5344 for immediate advice or email sales@sandfieldengineering.com.

What is a Toggle Clamp?

What is a Toggle Clamp?

Sandfield Engineering are one of the UK’s leading Toggle Clamp suppliers, so who better to answer the question – What is s Toggle Clamp?

A Toggle Clamp is a tool that you use to securely locate components or parts in position, typically, but not exclusively, as part of a production process. The primary features of a Toggle Clamp are that Toggle Clamps lock in position securely and are quick acting, they can be quickly turned on and off by an operator. This is why Toggle Clamps are often used in production lines where components need to be held securely and then removed quickly in repetitive manufacturing processes.

What are the different types of Toggle Clamp?

There are a series of different types of Toggle Clamps, which are most commonly defined by their action.

There are six main types of Toggle Clamp including Vertical Toggle Clamps, Horizontal Toggle Clamps, Plunger Toggle Clamps or Push Action Toggle Clamps, Hook Action Toggle Clamps, Plier Action Toggle Clamps and Cam Action Toggle Clamps.

The most common Toggle Clamp is a Vertical Toggle Clamp or a Vertical Action Toggle Clamp. Vertical Toggle Clamps are characterised with a bar that swings down and clamps vertically on to the components. The handle, in its closed status, is in a vertical or upright position.

The most common variation on the Vertical Toggle Clamp is called a Horizontal Toggle Clamp or a Horizontal Action Toggle Clamp. Horizontal Toggle Clamps apply holding force in the same downward direction, but the handle is, in its closed setting, in a horizontal position. This allows for use of a Toggle Clamp in instances where you need more clearance above the clamp, or where you need the operator’s hand to be away from the clamp during operation, these are the applications where Horizontal Toggle Clamps have the advantage.

The third most common Toggle Clamp is called a Plunger Action Toggle Clamp, Push Action Toggle Clamp or Push Pull Toggle Clamp which, as the names suggest, are push or pull action clamps. These Toggle Clamps apply the force in a direct, straight-line direction. The clamp toggles in the forward and the rear position, this is particularly useful in situations where you may occasionally require the clamp, rather than to push forward and apply the force, to pull forward and apply the force. This has the advantage that, when the clamp is mounted vertically with the handle in the back position, it will stop  components falling forwards as the handle is behind the component in the lock position.

The fourth most common Toggle Clamps Are called Hook Action Toggle Clamps. Hook Action Toggle Clamps are most often used to pull components together. There are two types of Hook Action Toggle Clamps, U-bolt Hook Action Toggle Clamps and Single Bolt Hook Action Toggle Clamps. Hook Action Toggle Clamps are quite often used to retain or hold lids onto items, or when using Injection Moulding tools which hinge – these are often held together with Hook Action Toggle Clamps. Hook Action Toggle Clamps are also used for securing doors, and are ideal in any application where you need to pull two separate items or components together.

Another option is a Cam Action Toggle Clamp. One of the challenges of using Toggle Clamps is that they normally require the component thickness to be consistent. Toggle Clamps don’t like variation, although there are different methods to adjust for variation the most straight forward solution is to use a Cam Action Toggle Clamp.  A Cam Action Toggle Clamp works on a Cam which allows for a component variation, depending on the model, from one to three millimetres. Cam Action Toggle Clamp’s work with a handle that moves across a counter and then locks the component into position as opposed to operating the toggle linkage system that is used in other types of Toggle Clamp.

Perhaps the least common type of Toggle Clamp is the Plier Action Toggle Clamp. Plier Action Toggle Clamps are a hand tool that act in a squeezing motion to pull components together. Plier Action Toggle Clamps are hand applied tools often used in fabrication processes although they can also be found in the automotive industry. Plier Action Toggle Clamps are reasonably flexible with the  option of making custom jaws to match your components precisely.

What materials do you use for different types of Toggle Clamps and why?

Standard or light action Toggle Clamps are usually made from Pressed Steel components with a Zinc Plated finish.

Stainless Steel is also an option for producing Toggle Clamps, depending on the environment that you are working in. In regulated industries where hygiene is important like the food industry and pharmaceuticals Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps are often specified.

If the Toggle Clamp is to be used outside, in Marine applications or in harsh environments you will need a certain amount of corrosion resistance and Stainless Steel is often used in those applications. In certain instances, in particularly harsh environments, we have produced Toggle Clamps using 316 Stainless Steel which offers even greater corrosion resistance.

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Whilst most Toggle Clamps have a Zinc Plating applied there are a couple of other options for specialist applications. Toggle Clamps may also be Chemi Blacked for applications where light and reflections play a part in the production process, if you are using laser guidance or location systems for example. Stainless Steel Plating can also be applied if a limited amount of corrosion resistance is required.

Sandfield Engineering also manufacture a range of Heavy Duty Toggle Clamps which are made from castings which are heavier duty and more robust casting.

What is a Heavy Duty Toggle Clamp and what does heavy duty actually mean?

Heavy Duty Toggle Clamps differ from standard Toggle Clamps in that they are a more robust construction. You would normally use castings for the handles and the links and they have bigger diameter pins, and bigger diameter bushes which are hardened and ground. Heavy Duty Toggle Clamps are more robust and tend to be used in areas where there’s higher production, potentially more weld debris, or where you need a longer life for the tool. A Heavy Duty Toggle Clamps should be specified if it’s going to be used in a harsh environment, with higher clamping forces, higher holding forces and greater production numbers. Heavy Duty Toggle Clamps were developed originally for the automotive industry where they required high levels of production, high clamping forces and robustness.

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What kind of applications are Toggle Clamps used in?

Toggle Clamps are used in a wide range of applications, literally anywhere where you need to securely hold a component and apply a process to it, whether it be a welding fixture, or gluing something together or simply holding something down to drill or ream a hole in it – almost every kind manufacturing process utilises Toggle Clamps. The automotive industry, particularly in Body in White areas where the panels are welded, riveted or glued.  The automotive industry is one of the biggest users but Toggle Clamps but they can be used for anything from a car body production line to a one off jig where you need to securely hold something in position. Toggle Clamps can also be used on equipment like holding lids down on sieves, they are also used in gluing or bonding operations in the woodworking industry. Basically, Toggle Clamps are used anywhere where you need to quickly and securely hold a component and easily apply and remove the clamp.

How would you go about specifying which type of Toggle Clamp is right for my process or application?

The first thing you want to look at is what action you’re looking for, whether you need a Vertical Action Toggle Clamp, Horizontal Action Toggle Clamp, Hook Action Toggle Clamp, Plier Action Toggle Clamp, Plunger Action Toggle Clamp or Cam Action Toggle Clamp. This depends whether it’s a process where you’re trying to hold a component, or where you need to secure it – where the holding force becomes more important, you need to pull two components together or you have limited space around the Toggle Clamp. These are the things that need to be taken into consideration when your are specifying a Toggle Clamp.

Once you’ve established the action you require, then you need to take into consideration the materials, whether you need it to be Stainless or a normal Mild Steel. You will need to consider  the environment you will be using the Toggle Clamp in, how much force you need, whether you need  a Heavy Duty Toggle Clamp.

Then it depends entirely on what the application is and what you trying to achieve. There are a number of considerations. How you specify your Toggle Clamp will depend on the size of the components that you need to clamp: if there is any variation in the components: what access you need around the components, you might need clearance for a welding gun or milling cutter or clearance for other reasons, like safety; Do you need the clamp to have a secondary lock? The Toggle Clamp might be applied in vibration work, where a Secondary Locking Toggle Clamp is required. We’ve had instances where clients have been using Toggle Clamps to secure something in transport so they need a secondary lock for extra security.

What is the benefit of using a Toggle Clamp over other types of clamp?

One of the main advantages of a Toggle Clamp is that it is quick acting, you just need to apply the handle and that immediately applies the load and secures the component in place. In some instances you could use something like a strap clamp which are quite time consuming to apply the clamps, where you have to fix it manually. If you have to get your components in and secured quickly it’s Toggle Clamps that allow you to do that. Toggle Clamps   generate high holding forces from the small amount of force you put into the clamp. In some instances, with strap clamps for example, the amount of force that they give you can be quite small.

The real benefit of Toggle Clamps is an efficiency benefit. Depending on what you have been  using in the past that efficiency will give a cost benefit by speeding up production and increasing production outputs when you are able to increase the speed that you are loading and unloading components.

How should people go about maintaining Toggle Clamps effectively, and what do we do to ensure a long-life cycle for our Toggle Clamps?

In terms of maintaining a long-life cycle, we like to engineer our clamps to be as robust as they possibly can be by, by using hardened and ground brushes wherever possible and using bigger  pins where we can. We try to engineer our Toggle Clamps so that they lasts as long a time as possible.

In terms of maintenance it’s more a question of making sure the components are kept clean if they’re used in an environment where there’s a lot of debris, they should be lubricated regularly to keep them running. In most instances if they’re well looked after Toggle Clamps  should last a long time if they are used correctly and specified correctly.

Do not hesitate to call us on 0330 223 5344 or email sales@sandfieldengineering.com to speak to us about how we can be helping you to implement safety facilities around Lithium Battery production processes.

 

What is a Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp?

What is a Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp?

It’s a question that often comes up so as leading UK Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp suppliers we thought we would have a crack at answering it for you.

You may remember from our What is a Toggle Clamp post at the beginning of December that a Toggle Clamp is a tool used to securely locate components or parts in position, typically as part of a production, packaging or distribution process. The primary features of Toggle Clamps is that that they lock in position securely and are extremely quick acting, which means that they can be quickly activated and deactivated by an operator.

Toggle Clamps are most often used in production lines where components need to be held securely and then removed quickly in repetitive manufacturing processes.

Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps are exactly the same as regular Toggle Clamps except they are made from Stainless Steel.

So what difference does that make and why would you need a Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp?

Why would you need a Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp?

Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps are most often specified for four connected reasons:

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Corrosion Resistance
  3. Hygiene
  4. Life Cycle Costs

The aesthetics perhaps speaks for themselves, if your Toggle Clamp is going to be on display then it makes sense that it looks good. Stainless Steel is certainly one of the most aesthetically pleasing of metals.

The bigger benefit of Stainless Steel is its famous corrosion resistance.

Unless otherwise specified Toggle Clamps are normally produced from Mild Steel due to its malleability as well as its high tensile and impact strength. The one big issue with Mild Steel is that it has a high proportion of Iron to Carbon, which makes it very susceptible to corrosion.

This is why the majority of Mild Steel Toggle Clamps that Sandfield Engineering supply are Zinc Plated to overcome this shortcoming and improve the longevity of the clamps. Whenever you specify and design a clamp, or indeed any piece of industrial equipment, there is necessarily a trade off between aesthetic, strength and durability. If the primary requirement is strength then Mild Steel will often outperform other metals including Stainless Steel. However, if the Toggle Clamp is expected to perform outdoors, in wet or marine environments corrosion will very quickly affect the operation of a Mild Steel Toggle Clamp.

The harsher the environment the more consideration you have to give to protecting the clamp from corrosion. As a matter of course the vast majority of Toggle Clamps that we supply are coated with Zinc, in harsher environments we may coat the Mild Steel with Stainless Steel but there comes a point where Mild Steel is simply not feasible as a material, which is when you would have to specify a Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp.

For normal outdoor use we typically supply Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps produced from 304 Stainless Steel which is made up of 18% Chromium and 8% Nickel. In particularly harsh environments Stainless Steel 316 is often specified which is made up of 16% Chromium, 10% Nickel and 2% Molybdenum. 316 Stainless Steel is the second most common austenitic Stainless Steel, the Molybdenum delivers greater resistance to acids and local corrosion caused by chloride ions.

Why is Stainless Steel considered to be more hygienic?

Whilst it is common knowledge that Stainless Steel has amazing anti-corrosion properties it is perhaps less understood that Stainless Steel is one of the most hygienic industrial materials known. Stainless Steel is critical in the production, packaging and delivery of food, beverages and pharmaceutical products which require the highest standards of hygiene.

The life-cycle benefit of Stainless Steel comes from its anticorrosive qualities, clearly if a Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp doesn’t rust it will last longer.

How does Stainless Steel achieve these standards of good looks, anti-corrosion, hygiene and longevity?

The key to Stainless Steel’s aesthetic good looks, corrosion resistance, hygiene and longevity all come down to one characteristic that is known as The Passive Layer. The Passive Layer forms on Stainless Steels’ surface once there is more than 11% of Chromium in the alloy. Once the 11% Chromium threshold is achieved a thin Chromium Oxide coating develops when the Chromium reacts with the Oxygen in the surrounding environment. This layer is different from iron oxide or rust, because it is inactive or inert and doesn’t react with other chemical elements it comes in contact with.

It is this passive layer that provides Stainless Steel with it’s amazing anto-corrosive performance which contributes to it hygienic properties: because it doesn’t react to chemicals it is easy to clean, because it doesn’t corrode there are no holes or scratches to harbour dirt, because the material is inert is doesn’t impart colour or flavour to food, beverage or pharmaceutical products.

How do you go about specifying Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps?

Once you have established that you require a Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp the process of specification is similar to specifying any Toggle Clamp.

The first thing that you might notice is that the range of Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps is likely to be less broad than the full range of Toggle Clamps. Sandfield Engineering hold Vertical Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps, Horizontal Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps, Push Pull Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps and Pull Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps in stock and available for delivery on short lead times. Heavy Duty Toggle Clamps are characterised by their ruggedness and robustness, because they are made from Mild Steel and benefit from it’s malleability as and its high tensile and impact strength.

The second consideration in specifying any Toggle Clamp is the action that you require. You need to think about the space that you have in which to position the Toggle Clamp and the components that you are looking to clamp, this will dictate the action. If for example there is no space limitation above the clamp the likelihood is that you can use a Vertical Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp. If there is a lack of space above the clamp you will need a Horizontal Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp. If you need to keep to components apart you will need a Push Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp you need to hold two components together you will need a Pull Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp.

Once you have decided on the material and action you need to consider the size of the components you are looking to clamp, the space you need around the components, if you need clearance for other tools like welding guns or milling cutters or if you require safety features like secondary locks.

How can Sandfield Engineering support you with Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps?

Sandfield Engineering supply a range of Stainless Steel Toggle Clamps on our website. If the Stainless Steel Toggle Clamp you need isn’t available in our range feel free to get in touch and talk through our popular custom clamps design service. We will be happy to support you to pin down the perfect specification for your unique application, supported by our Toggle Clamp experts every step of the way.

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